Utility equipment: Voice-data-video tools

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Utility supplies: Southwire introduced a new line of over 40 voice-data- video (VDV) tools at CEDIA Expo 2014, a showcase for new audio, video, control, networking and lighting products. The new VDV tools complement Southwire’s full line of low-voltage cable products and extend Southwire’s Tools & Equipment line, introduced in 2013.

“Installers are passionate about the tools in their tool bag,” said John Payne, Southwire’s Product Director for VDV, Test & Measurement. “Our objective is to build professional tools that exceed our customers’ expectations for quality, performance and features ­ tools that make a difference on the real-world jobsite.”

One product that exceeds expectations is the T100PK Professional Tone & Probe Kit. Market research demonstrated that installers find the test leads on most tone generators to be frustrating because they hang loose and get tangled easily with other tools in the tool bag. With an innovative tone generator design, Southwire has found a way to easily store the test leads in the tester body, completely eliminating the problem.

“It’s an installer-focused product development approach ­ the same approach Southwire has successfully used to maintain leadership in the wire and cable market for years. And each VDV product has its own innovation story,” Payne said. “Our goal is to improve installer jobsite productivity by creating a set of quality tools that take advantage of our knowledge of wire and cable.”

Southwire’s VDV tools include cable cutters, strippers, crimpers and punchdown tools, as well as cable tracers and testers. The Southwire Tools & Equipment product line offers a robust selection of hand tools and a professional array of meters and test equipment, as well as larger contractor equipment serving areas such as cable pulling, hole making, conduit bending and accessories used in both commercial and residential installations.

Southwire’s Tools & Equipment and the new VDV line are available nationwide at retail outlets and electrical, electronic wholesale and tool supply houses.

About Southwire Company, LLC
Southwire Company, LLC is one of North America’s largest wire and cable manufacturers. Southwire and its subsidiaries produce building wire and cable, metal-clad cable, portable and electronic cord products and OEM wire products. Its brands include such well-known names as ROMEX®, SIGNAL®, SIMpull THHN®, Royal®, MCAP®, Copperfield® and Road Power®. Southwire also offers a variety of engineered products under the brand names SCR®, TRC® and Watteredge®. Southwire also produces and supplies tools and equipment, cord sets and other assembled products including brands such as Designers Edge®, Polar Solar®, Maxis®, and Woods®.

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